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Donation brings new name to field

By Dan Kelly
Assistant Sports Editor

UNCP baseball will now be played officially on Cox Field, in dedication to Samuel L. Cox and his family’s $75,000 donation to UNCP athletics.

Samuel L. Cox delivers a pitch to honor the field.

Photo By Joel Beachum
Samuel L. Cox delivers a pitch to honor the field.

The ceremonial revealing of the center scoreboard displayed a new addition, the phrase “Welcome to Cox Field.”

The donation by Cox was directed towards the Braves “First and Ten Campaign: Drive for Football and Athletic Excellence.”

The focus of the drive is to make a large impact on the university as a whole by improving football and other athletic facilities at UNCP, according to the UNCP website.

Chancellor Alan Meadors praised Cox for his continued involvement at UNCP.

“An individual…is what makes this university strive,” Meadors said.

Lumberton Mayor, former UNCP athletic director and coach Ray Pennington was nostalgic about how the field itself has grown along with the support of Cox.

“As a baseball coach here at the university, this field was something I dreamed about in 1963,” Pennington said. 

Cox himself has a thirty-year history of donating to UNCP, beginning after his graduation in 1976.

His own Cox Family Endowed Baseball Scholarship came to fruition not much longer after that.

“I’d like to give a little more money than I usually give,” Cox said in a chance meeting he had with Pennington.

Over the years, it has become the Athletic Department’s largest endowed scholarship. 

Current Braves players Jason Morales, Chris Beck, and Mike Colacchio are all recipients of this award. Cox Field itself certainly got off to a good start, with UNCP defeating Pfeiffer 13-8 as the first official win for the newly named field.

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Updated: Monday, April 24, 2006
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